Canon Pixma MG8120, MG6120 offer touch panel

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Coming on the heels of last month’s announcement of three new Pixma photo printers, Canon introduced the Pixma MG8120 and Pixma MG6120 Wireless Photo All-in-One printers this morning.

Canon has joined its peers in the touch game by adding their brand new Intelligent Touch System control panel with backlit touch sensitive buttons operated through electric currents as opposed to the push of a finger.  The user interface will consist of only three icons, which the company believes will be “more graphically pleasing” on the adjustable displays. For former and current Canon users, the Easy Scroll Wheel has been adopted into a touch sensitive scroll wheel.

The Canon PIXMA MG8120, the flagship of the new MG lineup, will be replacing the Pixma MP990 (a PrinterComparison.com Editor’s Choice winner).   Like the Pixma MP990, the Pixma MG8120 will feature a built-in film scanner with a scan resolution up to 4800 x 9600 dpi along with print speeds up to 12.5 ipm in black and 9.3 ipm in color, 2-way paper feeding, automatic duplexing, and 4×6 photos in as fast as 20 seconds.

The Canon Pixma MG6120 will be replacing the previous generation Pixma MP640.  Like the MG8120, the MG6120 is a 3-in-1 device (print, scan and copy) that offers 2-way paper feeding, automatic duplexing and built-in wireless connectivity.  The screen size is slightly smaller, 3 inches compared to the 3.5 inch screen found on the MG8120, and the scan resolution is 2400 x 4800 dpi.

Both new Pixma MG printers offer six individual ink tanks, including gray, as well as Canon’s new Full HD Movie Print announced in July.  The Full HD Movie Print allows customers to print HD video still shots taken from Canon cameras.   With Full HD Movie Print, the customer can film a few seconds of video and then pull the perfect shot for display.  The software needed is included with Canon’s latest line up of printers as well as with compatible HD Canon EOS and PowerShot Digital cameras.

Canon also announced that their new MG lineup will work with the new Android application, Easy-Photo Print, a free download that offers customers wireless printing at a touch of a button from their handheld devices. Previously, it was only available to iPhone and iPod Touch users.

The Canon PIXMA MG8120 and Pixma MG6120 Wireless Photo All-in-One inkjet printers will be available through the Canon website and authorized retailers for the suggested retail price of $299.99 and $199.99, respectively.  Canon plans on beginning shipments in September.

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